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Christa Orecchio

Christa Orecchio


Christa’s holistic health practice includes individual, group and corporate coaching in-person and by phone and video conferencing. Her comprehensive programs are designed to help people live healthier, happier and more energetic lives through whole food nutrition, supplementation and healthy lifestyle guidance. Christa’s programs are uniquely tailored to each individual or corporate client to holistically heal common chronic health concerns including fatigue, weight control and digestive issues.

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Whole Journey Wellness

Whole Journey Wellness is about experiencing life with all the brilliance and vibrancy you were born with: an energetic body, a peaceful and clear mind and a confident self-image. Our mission is to provide natural resources unique to each client: from healing whole foods meal planning and supplementation to stress reduction and self-care techniques. Whole Journey Wellness encompasses more than the food that we eat. It also involves understanding things that feed us in non-caloric ways, like exercise, key relationships, lifestyle balance and career satisfaction.

Whole Journey Wellness provides counseling for the following health concerns:

  • Cravings: Deconstruct them, then eliminate them
  • Weight Loss: Find your natural weight with ease and grace
  • Digestion: Achieve optimal function for maximum nutrient absorption and improved elimination.
  • Emotional Eating: Healing the habit by learning new ways to nourish yourself
  • Enhanced Immune Function
  • Hormonal Health: Balancing cortisol and adrenaline for lower stress living. Learn also what it takes for easy and pain-free monthly periods
  • Detoxification: Cleanse toxins from the body seasonally for a whole body tune up

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  • Super-Foods for a Healthier Heart

    Nothing matters more than taking good care of your heart. Getting regular exercise, not smoking, and controlling stress are just a few things we do can to keep ourselves in shape, along with eating a variety of nutritious, heart-healthy foods that make up a healthy diet.

    Where to start? Increase these "super-foods" to eat your way to a healthier heart.

    • Blueberries: They top the list as one of the most powerful disease-fighting foods. That's because they contain anthocyanins, the antioxidant responsible for their dark blue color. These delicious jewels are packed with fiber, vitamin C, and heart-healthy potassium. Add them into your diet regularly in yogurt, smoothies, trail mix, salads or top of cereal or by themselves.

    • Salmon: This cold-water fish is a great source of protein and is also packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. The American Heart Association advises eating salmon and other omega-3 rich foods twice a week for benefits that go beyond heart health. Make sure your salmon is wild caught to avoid toxic heavy metals and lack of nutrients that can found in farm-raised salmon.
      Recipe idea: Marinate salmon in a lime, onion, garlic, and soy sauce mixture for 15 minutes before grilling for a delicious fish taco or grilled fish sandwich.

    • Oatmeal: Oats are nourishing whole grains and a great source of vitamins, minerals, and cholesterol-lowering fiber. Research shows oats lower cholesterol levels, keep you regular, and may help prevent certain cancers. Recipe ideas: add oats whenever you bake. Substitute oat flour in place of white or wheat flour in pancakes, muffins, quick breads, cookies, and coffee cakes for an added dose of fiber. Or try oats in place of bread crumbs in dishes such as meatloaf, meatballs, or breading on poultry.

    • Kale: Even more powerful than spinach, kale is the powerhouse of the vegetable kingdom. Its rich, dark color comes from the multiple phytochemicals, vitamins, and minerals (especially folate and iron) that also fight disease, protect against heart disease, and preserve your eyesight. To top it off, kale is also the “king of calcium” which delivers the highest absorbable form of calcium possible.

      Recipe idea: Mix kale with pine nuts and raisins, then stuff into winter squash and bake for a colorful, delicious main or side dish. Even easier, sautee with garlic and olive oil.
      Flaxseed: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, lignans, phytoestrogens and fiber, this powerful seed is most effective when it is ground up and stored away from light, heat and air. Studies suggest that flaxseed lowers the risk of blood clots, stroke and cardiac arrhythmias. It may also help lower LDL “bad cholesterol” and triglycerides. Menu

      Idea: Ground flaxseed works easily in all sorts of foods – on top of salads or soup, in yogurt parfaits, smoothies, or morning cereal.

    • Almonds and Walnuts: High in plant omega-3 fatty acids; vitamin E; magnesium; folate, fiber; heart-favorable mono- and polyunsaturated fats and phytosterols. Menu Idea: Mix a few almonds (and berries) into low-fat yogurt, trail mix, or fruit salads and add walnuts to to salads, pastas, cookies, muffins, even pancakes for a flavorful crunch.

    • Brown rice: Contains high levels of B-complex vitamins and magnesium, which nourish our central nervous system. Vitamin B-12 (folate) and vitamin B-6 -- protect against blood clots and atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries. Niacin (vitamin B-3) helps increase HDL "good" cholesterol.

    What about when eating out?
    Many restaurants do not yet offer things like kale, flaxseed or brown rice. However there are many choices you can make to support your heart and your health. When dining out you, ask that your food be steamed, poached or baked instead of sauteed or fried. Ask for a side of olive oil and lemon to dress it yourself with the “good fat”. When eating salads, request your dressing on the side and choose oil and vinegar whenever possible. Get an extra serving of veggies (broccoli, carrots, spinach) and forego the white rice or potato. Choose lighter sauces vs. cream-based sauces. Also, it’s important to think outside the box. If there is nothing on the menu that speaks to you, make up your own meal from the appetizers and sides that are offered.

    By choosing heart-healthy foods, the “bad” fats naturally find their way out of our diet and life. Steer clear of margarine or anything labeled trans-fats or fractionated palm kernel oil. Moderate other high cholesterol foods like butter, cheese, ice cream, red meat and other highly dense animal foods. With only a few simple changes, you will be well on your way to lowering your cholesterol, having more energy and taking care of that amazing heart that beats for you, every second of every single day.

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